Trade Union Friends of Palestine
Trade Union Friends of Palestine (TUFP) was established by the Northern Ireland Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) in 2006 in order to help promote the policy adopted at its Biennial Delegate Conference in 2005 to ‘Campaign in solidarity with the Palestinian people’. ICTU was subsequently mandated by conference to also establish TUFP in the Republic of Ireland.
Since its formation TUFP has worked within the trade union movement to educate the membership, to highlight the injustices inflicted on the Palestinian people, to promote further policy motions to help address Israeli human rights abuses and to mobilise solidarity activity. This led to the adoption by Congress in 2007 of a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) policy that committed Congress to ‘actively and vigorously promote’ both a boycott of Israeli goods and divestment from Israeli companies and indeed all companies that are complicit in and profit from the occupation. Subsequent policy conferences reinforced this position by the adoption of motions that committed congress to allocate officer time to the campaign (2009 BDC), to promote broader civil society involvement in the BDS campaign, and to hold divestment seminars in both jurisdictions (2011 BDC).
UN Day for Palestine
TUFP have also been very active in supporting the people of Gaza, and have participated in the international campaigns to undermine the brutality of the Israeli imposed medieval type siege that is causing such wanton hardship and death. TUFP have also worked closely with the trade union leadership in mobilising mass protest action at the destruction of civilian life and infrastructure by the Israeli armed incursions and bombing of Gaza, described as genocidal by UN Special Rapporteur Richard Falk.
TUFP distributes leaflets, bulletins, and articles on the harsh injustices faced by the Palestinian people under the illegal Israeli occupation. We have more recently, in collaboration with NIC-ICTU, helped organise a seminar for lead negotiators, addressed by speakers from Norway and GB, with a view to targeting public procurement contracts with corporations like G4S and Hewlett-Packard that are most complicit in supporting, and profiteering from, the illegal occupation and the oppression of Palestinians. We have also supported the establishment of Academics for Palestine and the boycott pledge of Israeli academic institutions now signed by more than 150 academics.
SUPPORT THE WORK OF TUFP
TUFP acknowledges that without the financial support of unions, branches and trades councils none of this work would be possible. We encourage all affiliates to support TUFP by financial donations. We particularly welcome delegates to the bi-monthly meetings and encourage all trade union activists, and those who are interested in becoming active in support of the Palestinian people, to become involved. If you would like to support the work of TUFP please contact:
Belfast: TUFP secretary Eamon McMahon, at: TUFP, c/o ICTU, 4-6 Donegall Street Place, Belfast, N.Ireland, BT12FN, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dublin: TUFP email@example.com .
Useful links publications:
Be a TUFP Ambassador - more info here
European Trade Union Network (ETUN) on Palestine Mayday leaflet:
ETUN conference report and video;
BDS Conference, UNISON, Belfast, 14 November - details here.
publications - one on the findings of the Russell Tribunal.